Savaterre is nestled in the mountains of northeastern Victoria, just outside the picturesque town of Beechworth. Intensely focused on the creation of outstanding, individualistic wines far removed from the mainstream, owner and winemaker Keppell Smith looks more to the wines, winemaking and viticulture of the Old World as his inspiration.
Keppell discovered the site in 1996 after an expansive search through Australia’s quality wine regions. The mild summer days, cool climate elevation combined with the rolling foothills of the Victorian Alps was the magic “terroir” combination sought by Keppell. The vineyard is elevated at 440m (1440 feet) above sea level and is farmed along organic principles. No pesticides are used. The soil consists of ancient granitic “buckshot” over decomposed clay. These unique gravels are rich in minerals and provide excellent drainage whilst the clay provides some sustained water to the vines in summer. This ancient, poor soil naturally limits the cropping level to less than 4.5 tons per hectare.
The vines are close planted at 7500 vines per hectare. This allows the vine to carry a smaller crop and direct all its energies to producing intense flavours and wonderful textures - traits that are found primarily in only outstanding vineyards.